Problems at the polls across Texas last month have election officials adjusting their plans for May. Local elections in Dallas County on May 7 and a state runoff on May 24 would have fewer voting locations, because there’s not enough poll workers to run the sites. KERA’s Bret Jaspers reports not everyone thinks the problem is simply a lack of staff.
Scattered rain over the past 24 hours hasn’t been enough to quell serious drought conditions across Texas. Parts of the panhandle and West Texas have been hit hardest, where current conditions are the most severe they’ve been in years. Here to tell us how drought conditions are affecting farming and ranching in these areas is Jourdan Bell with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Mexican truckers blockade of ports continues, in protest of new Abbott policy
For a second day, truck drivers from Mexico are blocking border crossings into Texas. The drivers are protesting extremely long delays created by increased inspections of commercial trucks ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott. KTEP’s Aaron Montes reports from the blockade at the Ysleta port of entry connecting El Paso and Juarez.
Child protective service investigators have a hard job. But as one CPS worker told Courtnhouse News, Texas’ new directive to investigate parents of transgender kids is “soul crushing.” Similar sentiments are leading to an exodus of CPS workers at a time when the department was already short staffed. For more we’re talking with Courthouse News reporter Stephen Paulsen.
Gov. Greg Abbott has made the border a battleground for his re-election campaign, spending billions to station troops there, enhance border checkpoints and even vowing to bus migrants to Washington D.C. As The Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán reports, even some fellow Republicans are criticizing it as a political stunt to boost the governor’s reelection campaign.
Jeanine Cook is a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. Cook says she’s from a family of three girls – all with degrees in electrical engineering. Learn more in this Texas Standard show ID.
The Republican focus on so-called “obscene” content in public schools and libraries may have led to the firing of a Llano County librarian. Suzette Baker was fired as head of the Kingsland Branch Library for insubordination and failure to follow instructions. Brigid Cooley has been following it all as a reporter for DailyTrib.com, which covers Llano County and other nearby communities. We’ll get the story today.
PolitiFact Texas rustles up some truth
Tim Westley, a Republican running for Texas Land Commissioner, claims migrants in custody at the border needing health care must be seen within 24 hours, while veterans have to wait months to get appointments. Is that a fact? To help us sort out this claim we turn to Nusaiba Mizan with PolitiFact Texas, based at the Austin American-Statesman.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.